Solving Shade

Shade gets a bad rap, but shade gardens are actually exquisite repositories of an amazing variety of colors, textures, and foliage. We "solve" your shade problems with beautiful flowers, helpful plans, and stylish containers. Start with an old standby: hostas. We give you ideas to help you choose the best varieties for your outdoor spaces. Hosta is one example of a perennial that rewards in shade spaces from year to year; we have other selections that offer color from the warm rays of spring to the cooling daylight in fall. Some annuals love shade and are easy to care for; try a combination of several of our top picks. Surprisingly, some wildflowers flourish in sun-shy spaces; we have photos that will wow you and plants that will love your shade garden. In the heat of summer, shade can be quite welcome. To create your own cool retreat, explore our ideas for a secluded getaway. Is the front or back of your house in shade? Has that prevented you from including window boxes? Use this year to embrace shade-loving window boxes with plant-by-number creations that will brighten your home's facade.

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Shade Garden Secrets from the BH&G Test Garden

Shade gardening takes some planning, and with the right knowledge, you can have a shade garden comparable to your sunniest space. Make the most of shady areas with these tips straight from the BH&G Test Garden.
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The 17 Best Perennial Plants for Shade

Brighten up sheltered spots in your landscape with these easy-to-grow, colorful shade plants that come back year after year. These pretty shade perennials can make masked areas the greatest points of interest in your garden.
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Container-Garden Recipes for Shade

Enjoy a beautiful container garden -- even in shade. Check out this collection of recipes perfect for spots that don't see full sun.
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Create a Shady Retreat

Beat the heat this summer with a shady retreat. We'll show you a variety of ideas so you can plan your own personal getaway.
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